Marshall Islands

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is an atoll nation (one of only four in the world) consisting of 29 atolls with many small islets and five islands. The islands and islets are divided into two long island chains – Ratak in the east, and Ralik to the west.

Located in the central Pacific just north of the equator it is one of the most remote island nations in the world. Marshall Island’s remoteness has helped it maintain an intact traditional culture (most noticeable in the outer islands), an abundance of marine life (the largest shark sanctuary in the world), and hundreds of ecologically rich uninhabited islands that are home to many endemic species and carbon-dense forests.

Conversely, its geographical isolation has also lent to ecologically devastating scenarios such as the testing of U.S. nuclear bombs off the outer islands after WWII. Wreck diving in Marshall Islands is some of the most spectacular in the world, with many fish and marine animals thriving in the “ship graveyards” around the islands.

The best wreck diving is in Bikini Atoll, where a huge U.S. naval aircraft carrier and a Japanese warship are submerged in the lagoon.  Experienced divers can also check out wrecks at Rongelap Atoll and Kwajalein Atoll. See Zay Harding’s epic Marshall Islands wreck diving expedition in Globe Trekker: Isolated Islands.

For anyone who wants to escape to an island nation rich in history with thousands of uninhabited Pacific islets surrounded by uninhibited blue skies, turquoise water, and coconut palm rimmed beaches, Marshall Islands is an intriguing destination.

 

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